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Famous ArtistsNationalityBornDiedEras / Movements / NotesFamous Works (and creation dates)
Albers, JosefGerman18881976Bauhaus, Op-art / Graphic designerNotable art works by Josef Albers:
  • Park (1924)
  • Glass Window (1926)
  • Treble Clef (1932-35)
  • Together (1933)
  • Graphic Tectonic (1941)
  • Homage to the Square (series of 3-4 nested squares 1950-1976)
  • The Interaction of Color (1963)
Altdorfer, AlbrechtGerman14801538RenaissanceNotable art works by Albrecht Altdorfer:
  • Sebastian Altar (1509-1518)
  • Rest on the Flight into Egypt (1510)
  • Danube Landscape with Castle Wörth (1525)
  • Susanna in the bath (1526)
  • Susanna and the Elders (1526)
  • The Battle of Alexander (1529)
Arp, HansGerman / French18861966Dadaism, SurrealismNotable art works by Hans Arp:
  • Head of Hans Arp (1929)
  • To be lost in the forest, a sculpture (1932)
Avercamp, HendrickDutch15851634Baroque, famous for his winter landscapesNotable art works by Hendrick Avercamp:
  • Dark Castle (1605-10)
  • Circular picture with castle (1609)
  • Enjoying the Ice (1610)
  • A Farm to the Left of a Frozen River (1615)
  • Fishing in the Moonlight (1625)
Bacon, FrancisIrish / British19091992Cubism and later SurrealismNotable art works by Francis Bacon:
  • Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion (1944)
  • Pope I (1951)
  • The Cardinal (1955)
BalthusPolish / French19082001Notable art works by Balthus:
  • Mitsou (1921)
  • The Road (1933)
  • Alice (1933)
  • The King of Cats (1935)
  • Thérèse, Dreaming (1938)
  • Dormeuse/Sleeping Girl (1943)
  • The Happy Days (1944)
Baselitz, GeorgGerman1938Art BrutNotable art works by Georg Baselitz, one of Germany’s famous artists:
  • The great Night Down the Drain (1962)
  • The Naked Man (1963)
  • Die große Nacht im Eimer(1963)
  • The forest on its head (1969) series of images while standing upside down
  • Supper in Dresden(1983)
  • Der Ausgang – Karl(1987)
  • Folkdance Melancholia (1989)
  • More than 60 “Russian Paintings” (1998-2005)
  • Vorwärts Wind/Remix (2007)
  • Good grey (2009)
Beale, MaryEnglish16331699BaroqueNotable art works by Mary Beale:
  • Charles Beale the Elder (c1660)
  • Portrait of a Physician (1699)
  • Portrait of Robert Colman (c1690)
  • Mary Wither of Andwell (1675)
  • Portrait of a Woman with a Black Hood (1660)
  • Portrait of a Young Girl (1681)
  • Portrait of a Youth (1689)
Beckmann, MaxGerman18841950ExpressionismNotable art works by Max Beckmann:
  • The Night (1918)
  • Still Life with Fallen Candles (1929)
  • The Departure (1932-1933) triptych
  • Journey on the Fish (1934)
  • Cabaret Artists (1943)
  • Self-Portrait in Olive and Brown (1945)
Bellini, GiovanniItalian14301516RenaissanceNotable art works by Giovanni Bellini:
  • Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane (1465)
  • Pietà (1470)
  • Madonna on the Meadow (1501)
Böcklin, ArnoldCzech18271901SymbolismNotable art works by Arnold Böcklin:
  • Pan in the reeds (1859)
  • Playing in the Waves (1883)
  • The Isle of the Dead (1880-1886)
  • The Sacred Grove (1886)
Bosch, HieronymusDutch14501516Gothic / RenaissanceNotable art works by Hieronymus Bosch:
  • The Last Judgment (1476)
  • The Ship of Fools (1485)
  • Death and the Miser (1488)
  • The Haywain (1498) triptych
  • The Temptation of St. Anthony (1495)
  • The Juggler (1496)
  • The Garden of Earthly Delights (1503-1504)
Botticelli, SandroItalian14451510Gothic / RenaissanceNotable art works by Sandro Botticelli:
  • Allegory of Spring/La Primavera (1478)
  • The Adoration of the Magi (1481)
  • Venus and Mars (1483)
  • The Birth of Venus (1486)
  • Lamentation of Christ (1490)
  • Calumny of Apelles (1495)
Bourgeois, LouiseFrench/American19112010Contemporary art, Surrealism, Modern art, Feminist art, Installation art.
Sculptor, painter and printmaker.
Notable art works by Louise Bourgeois:
  • Maman (1999)
  • Spider (1996)
  • Janus Fleuri (1968)
  • Quarantania I (1984)
  • The Nest (1994)
  • The Welcoming Hands (1996)
  • Mamelles (1991)
  • Father and Son (2005)
  • Fragile Goddess (2002)
  • Female Portrait (1962)
Braque, GeorgesFrench18821963Cubism / FauvismNotable art works by Georges Braque:
  • Port of Antwerp (1906)
  • Road near Estaque (1908)
  • Candlestick and Playing Cards on a Table (1910)
  • Still Life with Playing Cards (1913)
  • Man with a Guitar (1914)
  • Still Life with “Le Jour” (1929)
  • The Studio II (1949)
Bruegel, Pieter the ElderDutch1525c1569RenaissanceNotable art works by Pieter the Elder Bruegel:
  • The Seven Vices (1557)
  • The Battle between Carnival and Lent (1559)
  • The Dutch Proverbs (1559)
  • Children’s Games (1560)
  • The Triumph of Death (1562)
  • The Winter – The Hunters in the Snow (1565)
  • The Land of Cockaigne (1567)
Caillebotte, GustaveFrench18481894ImpressionismNotable art works by Gustave Caillebotte:
  • The Floor Scrapers (1875)
  • The Europe Bridge (1876)
  • Paris Street; Rainy Day (1877)
  • View of Rooftops / Snow (1878)
  • Soirée im Hotel Caillebotte in der Rue Monceau im Jahre 1878 (1878)
  • Man on a Balcony (1880)
CaravaggioItalian15711610BaroqueNotable art works by Caravaggio, one of the most famous artists:
  • Bacchus (1595)
  • Medusa (1599)
  • Christ at Emmaus (1601)
  • The Entombment of Christ (1603)
Carrà, CarloItalian18811966FuturismNotable art works by Carlo Carrà:
  • Apocalyptic Horseman (1908)
  • Leaving the Theatre (1911)
  • Interventionist Demonstration (1914)
Carrington, LeonoraEnglish/Mexican19172011SurrealismNotable art works by Leonora Carrington:
  • The Giantess (c1947)
  • The Meal of Lord Candlestick (1938)
  • Adieu Ammenotep (1960)
  • The Artist Traveling Incognito (1949)
  • Operation Wednesday (1969)
  • Portrait of the Late Ms Partridge (1947)
  • Around Wall Street or portrait of Pablo in NY (1973)
  • Peacocks of Chen (1971)
  • Green Tea (1942)
  • Amor che move il Sole et l’altre Stelle (1946)
Cassatt, MaryAmerican18441926ImpressionismNotable art works by Mary Cassatt:
  • Little Girl in a Blue Armchair (1878)
  • Moise Dreyfus (1879)
  • The Loge (1882)
  • The Bath (1892)
  • The Boating Party (1893-1894)
  • Mother and Child (1899)
Cézanne, PaulFrench18391906Post ImpressionismNotable art works by Paul Cézanne, one of the most famous artists:
  • The House of Doctor Gachet in Auvers (1873)
  • View of Auvers (1874)
  • Plain by Mont Sainte Victoire (1885-1887)
  • Kitchen Table (1890)
  • Boy in the Red Vest (1890)
  • The Card Players (1890-1892)
  • Still Life with Cherub (1895)
  • Pyramid of Skulls (1901)
  • The Bathers (1905)
Chagall, MarcRussian / French18871985Naïve art, Surrealism, Cubism, Expressionism, Modern art, Modernism, Symbolism, FauvismNotable art works by Marc Chagall, one of the most famous artists:
  • The Violinist (1911)
  • Self-portrait with Seven Fingers (1913)
  • Paris Through the Window (1913)
  • The Falling Angel (1923-1947)
  • The Walk (1925)
  • The Acrobat (1930)
  • The Juggler (1943)
Chardin, Jean SimeonFrench16991779Still lifeNotable art works by Jean Simeon Chardin:
  • The Ray (1728)
  • The Laundress (1735)
  • Woman cleaning Turnips (1738)
  • The Messenger (1739)
  • The Kitchen Maid (1740)
  • Saying Grace (1744)
  • Still Life with Water Glass and Jug (1750-1760)
  • Basket with Wild Strawberries (1760-1761)
Chicago, JudyAmerican (USA)1939Minimalism, Feminist artPopular art works by Judy Chicago:
  • The Dinner Party (1979)
  • Rainbow Pickett (1965)
  • Female Rejection Drawing, from the Rejection Quintet (1974)
  • Rainbow Shabbat (1992)
  • Earth Birth (1983)
  • Heaven Is for White Men Only (1973)
  • Bigamy Hood (1965)
  • Power Headache (1984)
  • Big Blue Pink (1971)
  • Birth Tear-Tear (1985)
Constable, JohnBritish17761837RomanticNotable art works by John Constable, one of Britain’s most famous artists:
  • Dedham Vale (1802)
  • Weymouth Bay with Approaching Storm (1819)
  • The Haywain (1821)
Corinth, LovisGerman18581925ImpressionismNotable art works by Lovis Corinth:
  • In the Fisherman’s House (1886)
  • Susanna and the Elders (1890)
  • In the Slaughterhouse (1893)
  • Self-Portrait with Skeleton (1896)
  • The Witches (1897)
  • Portrait of Count Keyserling (1900)
  • Cat’s Breakfast (1913)
  • The Sea Near La Spezia (1914)
  • The Red Christ (1922)
  • Ecco homo (1925)
Courbet, GustaveFrench18191877RealismNotable art works by Gustave Courbet:
  • The Artist’s studio (1855)
  • Grain Sifters (1855)
  • Sleep (1866)
  • The Origin of the World (1866)
  • The Trout (1871)
Cranach, Lucas the ElderDutch14721553RenaissanceNotable art works by Lucas the Elder Cranach:
  • Martin Luther (1525)
  • Three Graces (1530)
  • Judith with the Head of Holofernes (1530)
  • River Nymph At The Fountain (1534)
  • Venus with Cupid, a woodcut (1540)
David, Jacques-LouisFrench17481825ClassicismNotable art works by Jacques-Louis David:
  • Andromache mourning Hector (1783)
  • Oath of the Horatii (1784)
  • The Death of Marat (1793)
  • The Intervention of the Sabine Women (1799)
  • Bonaparte Crossing the Alps (1800)
  • Coronation of Napoleon in Notre-Dame (1804)
Da Vinci, LeonardoItalian14521519all Renaissance periods, Florentine painting.
Da Vinci was a painter, sculptor, architect, inventor, scientist, geologist, musician, mathematician, engineer, author, astronomer, botanist, historian, cartographer.
Notable art works by Leonardo da Vinci, one of the most famous artists of all time:
  • Ginevra de’ Benci (1474-1478)
  • Two riders (1481)
  • Lady with an Ermine (1483)
  • The Last Supper (1495-1497)
  • Mona Lisa (1503-1506)
  • Madonna of the Rocks (1508)
Dali, SalvadorSpanish19041989Surrealism / FuturismNotable art works by Salvador Dali, famous artist:
  • Girl at the Window (1925)
  • The Enigma of Desire or My Mother, My Mother, My Mother (1929)
  • The Persistence of Memory (1931)
  • The Golden Age (1931)
  • Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (1936)
  • The Burning Giraffe (1936)
  • The Sublime Moment (1938)
  • Woman with Drawers (1958)
Degas, EdgarFrench18341917ImpressionismNotable art works by Edgar Degas:
  • The Belleli Family (1860-1862)
  • The Woman Ironing (1869)
  • Musicians in the Orchestra (1870-1871)
  • Dance Class (1874)
  • Dance Lesson (1879)
  • The Prima Ballerina (1879)
  • The Tub (1886)
  • Woman Drying Herself (1890-1895)
  • The Fallen Jockey (1896-1898)
Delacroix, EugèneFrench17981863RomanticNotable art works by Eugène Delacroix:
  • The Barque of Dante (1822)
  • Massacre at Chios (1824)
  • Greece on the Ruins of Missolonghi (1826)
  • The Death of Sardanapalus (1827)
  • Liberty Leading the People (1830)
  • The Women of Algiers (1834)
  • Tiger Hunt (1854)
  • Indian Woman Bitten by a Tiger (1856)
Delaunay, RobertFrench18851941Avant GardeNotable art works by Robert Delaunay:
  • Portrait of Jean Metzinger (1906)
  • Eiffel Tower (1911)
  • La Ville de Paris (1911-1912)
  • Simultaneous Windows (1912)
  • Tall Portuguese Woman (1915)
  • Portrait of Tristan Tzara (1923)
  • Circular shapes (1930)
  • Rhythm series (1930-1935)
  • Air, Iron and Water (1937)
Dix, OttoGerman18911969New ObjectivityNotable art works by Otto Dix:
  • Portrait of Parents (1921)
  • War (1929-1932)
  • The Seven Deadly Sins (1933)
Dubuffet, JeanFrench19011985Art Brut, sculptorNotable art works by Jean Dubuffet:
  • Two Naked Women (1942)
  • Métro (1943)
  • Street with Men (1944)
  • Madame Mouche (1945)
  • Phénomènes (1958-1959)
  • Restaurant Rougeot I (1961)
  • “l’Hourloupe” series (1962-1968)
  • Rue de l’Entourloupe (1963)
  • Portable Landscape (1968) sculpture
Dürer, AlbrechtGerman14711528Late Gothic / RenaissanceNotable art works by Albrecht Dürer:
  • Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1498) woodcut
  • Self-portrait in Fur Coat (1500)
  • Hare (1502)
  • The Great Piece of Turf (1503)
  • Feast of the Rosary (1506)
  • Adam and Eve (1507)
  • Knight, Death and the Devil, a copper engraving (1513)
  • Jakob Fugger (1519)
  • The Four Apostles (1526)
Duchamp, MarcelFrench / American18871968Surrealism, Dada, conceptual art, plastic art
(Duchamp did not consider himself a Dada artist)
Notable art works by Marcel Duchamp:
  • Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 (1912)
  • Fountain (1917)
  • The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (1923)
  • Bicycle Wheel (1913)
  • L.H.O.O.Q. (1919)
  • Given: 1. The Waterfall, 2. The Illuminating Gas (1966)
  • Bottle Rack (1914)
  • Prelude to a Broken Arm (1915)
  • La Boîte-en-valise/Box in a Suitcase (1941)
  • Fresh Widow (1920)
El GrecoSpanish15411614Renaissance, painter, sculptorNotable art works by El Greco/Doménikos Theotokópoulos:
  • Christ Healing a Blind Man (1565)
  • Pieta (1570)
  • Giulio Clovio (1570)
  • Annunciation (1570-1576)
  • Resurrection of Christ (1584-1594)
  • View of Toledo (1597-1599)
  • Disrobing of Christ (1608)
  • Opening of the Fifth Seal (1608-1614)
  • Laocoon (1610-1614)
Ernst, MaxGerman18911976Surrealism / Dada, painter, sculptor, graphic artist and poetNotable art works by Max Ernst one of Germany’s most famous artists:
  • The Elephant Celebes (1921)
  • Oedipus Rex (1922)
  • The Rendezvous of Friends (1922)
  • Young Virgin Spanking the Infant Jesus In Front of Three Witnesses (1926)
  • The Great Forest (1927)
  • The whole city (1935-1936)
  • The Robing of the Bride (1940)
  • Happy Moon (1970)
Escher, Maurits Cornelis
Dutch18981972Surrealism, graphic artist and master of optical illusionsNotable art works by Maurits Escher:
  • Drawing Hands (1948)
  • Belvedere (1958)
  • Moebius Strip II (1963)
  • Ascending and Descending (1960)
  • Waterfall (1961)
  • Relativity (1953)
  • Sky and Water I (1938)
  • Three Worlds (1955)
  • Metamorphosis I (1937)
Francis, SamAmerican19231994Tachism, Action paintingNotable art works by Sam Francis:
  • Painting (1957)
  • Around the Blues (1957-1962)
  • Damn Braces (1960)
  • Blue Blood Stone (1960)
  • White Bone (1971)
  • Concert Hall, I (1976)
Frankenthaler, HelenAmerican (USA)19282011Abstract Expressionism, Color Field painting, Lyrical AbstractionPopular art works by Helen Frankenthaler:
  • Mountains and Sea (1952)
  • East and Beyond (1973)
  • Grey Fireworks (2000)
  • Tales of Genji III (1998)
  • What Red Lines Can Do (1970)
  • Glow II (1968)
  • Mauve District (1966)
  • Solar Imp (2001)
  • Robinson’s Wrap (1974)
  • Contentment Island (2004)
Friedrich, Caspar DavidGerman17741840RomanticNotable art works by Caspar David Friedrich:
  • Monk by the Sea (1809)
  • Winter Landscape (1811)
  • Wanderer above the Sea of Fog (1817)
  • Chalk Cliffs on Rügen (1818)
  • The Sea of Ice (1824)
  • The Stages of Life (1834)

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